A couple of weeks ago, we headed to Bohol to stay at The Bellevue Resort Bohol, together with a number of our blogger friends. Irene has been to Bohol many, many years before but this was Lauren and my first time in the island.
Our trip got off on the wrong foot, we were supposed to leave Manila via Air Asia at 10:30 am but we were asked to go back to the departure area after mechanical failure. We had to take another plane to leave at 11:30am and finally landed in Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol at almost 1pm. Everyone was famished so we headed off to get some lunch at Hukad by Golden Cowrie, near the airport. After lunch, we headed for a tour of the sights to make up for lost time instead of heading to the resort.
We arrived at the Bellevue Resort Bohol around 6:30pm already so I postponed taking pictures for the next day. We were dropped off at the local inspired and breezy foyer area. Each one of us was give an shell necklace and a welcome drink as we settled down before checking into our rooms.
The is the pretty check in area with a small fish pond area behind it and these circular lamps and ceiling decor. There’s even a BDO ATM machine hidden behind a door on the side of the if you ever run out of cash. Check in was a breeze and in a short while we were off to our rooms to freshen up before dinner.
We were billeted in a Deluxe Room with Ocean View (P20,000/published rate) with 2 Queen size beds. The deluxe rooms are very, very big measuring between 41-45 square meters, a lot bigger than most new 1 bedroom condos. Local residents can get much cheaper rates for all room categories.
The resort thoughtfully provides 2 pairs of nautical themed rubber slippers and a beach tote perfect for stuffing your towels, sunblock and other knickknacks.
The has a wall mounted LCD TV and spacious counter areas as well as a veranda overlooking the pool and ocean. There’s also a chaise lounge by the window, perfect for reading a book.
They provide an iPod/iPhone dock by the bedside but this needs a bit of an upgrade as it as the old 30 pin connector.
Lauren was super happy with the room and by the time we knew it was exploring the room and all its nooks and crannies.
She also checked out the toilet and excitedly told us there was a tub and she would be bathing there everyday.
This is the view from the veranda of our 2nd floor room, a pretty sight that one can never get tired of.
Here’s the kiddie pool (2 ft max) area complete with water spouts that kids will get a kick of.
Located between the kiddie and regular pool area is this deck with lounge chairs, accessible via a submerged walkway. This is the perfect area to hang out while watching the sun set.
The last feature of the pool area is this diving deck, daredevils like Lauren enjoyed doing cannonballs with the safety depth of 12 feet.
Explore the beach in the morning because the tide goes out after lunch. Lie back in these beach chairs to get a tan or hide under the bright blue umbrellas to keep the sun away.
The waters are crystal clear and you can even spot some marine life swimming around. The most surprising thing for me was the powder white sand, it can rival the beaches of Boracay minus the crowds.
Here’s the beach area after the low tide sets in, nice to walk around and catch a glimpse of the sunset or play some sports like Frisbee or volleyball.
The Bellevue Resort Bohol has 3 dining areas, the Lamian is where a daily breakfast buffet is served, Marea is an al fresco dining and Cena, a soon to open dining area above Marea.
Other amenities in the resort include is the Game Room that is open until 8pm. There are air hockey, Foosball, table tennis tables and an arcade basketball shooting machine free for us by all guests. There are also computers, PS3 setups complete with competitive games. They also have some books, dvds and even board games you can borrow.
Small kids should enjoy playing in this kiddie area with ball pits, see saw, play houses and other toys.
For the crazy people, they’ve got a gym complete with cardio machines and free weights. For me a swim in the pool or beach beats exercising in the gym anytime.
We got a little tour of the other room categories like the Junior Suite (71-75 sqm.) and the Bellevue Suite (100-110 sqm.). All suite rooms have an extra living room area and come equipped with coffee pod machines. The Bellevue Suite one ups it and has its own private Jacuzzi overlooking the pool and ocean.
We all loved the Bellevue Resort Bohol because it was just big enough where the beach and the pool is an quick walk away. We’ve been to many different resorts in the Philippines and this one just gets the size just right. The beach was virtually our own, when we were enjoying ourselves there, there was probably less than 5 people within shouting distance of us.
We enjoyed the resort so much, we’re already planning on going back again. Irene sister has already booked a stay at the resort after hearing about how much we enjoyed.
The Bellevue Resort BoholBarangay Doljo, Panglao Island Bohol, Philippines Contact No.: (632) 771-8181 Manila (6338) 422-2222 Bohol
Facebook Page: The Bellevue Resort Bohol
Website: The Bellevue Resort Bohol
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*Rooms are courtesy of Bellevue Resort Bohol while we shelled out our own money for the plane tickets*